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Is There a Doctor in the House?
2/29/2012 - Eileen Hopkins

I have a knee that has "erupted" and is spewing lava-like pain that has fogged my brain and really limited my mobility.  I have been working through some anxiety around the issues that immediately come to the forefront - like, will this ever end!  I have limped around and complained and sometimes even shed a few tears as the aching continued day and night BUT I did not go to a doctor until I had suffered for a month.  Why is that?!  From what I can gather it is temporary - my logical side of my brain knew this - and for that I am grateful.  The doctor I saw was not very forthcoming on the prognosis - in fact, I don't think I have ever had such a frustrating encounter with a doctor before.  I left feeling like I will need to just take matters into my own hands and search out help online or through friends.  However, prescription in hand and jaw locked in determination, I quizzed the pharmacist about the prescription, bought a cane so I don't injure my other knee, and went home to commiserate with family and friends to find some direction.  So, another doctor?  Straight to physo? Some natural remedies?  Taking responsibility for your own health is exhausting!  The good news - the painkillers are working and my new cane (trendy teal) certainly attracts kindness with many volunteer door-openers on campus and even drivers smilingly letting me hobble across the road.  There is a silver lining I suppose - although I think that might be my roots showing! 

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3/1/2012 Christy Steiger from Crown Point IN wrote:
I wouldn't mess with a knee. I would probably get a second opinion and some physical therapy (just to keep down the scar tissue forming). On the other hand, painkillers are good, as is your teal cane. You can shake that at people who don't behave! Oh, and if those aren't your roots, they're probably mine.
3/1/2012 Joanne Bolivar from West Linn OR wrote:
Christy, I totally agree with you! Knees are nothing to mess with and both my Mother and son-in-law learned that lesson too late! So, get thee to the orthopedic physician immediately. Happy for pain meds at this point. Remember, the best advice is from experience. Please, we want you healthy.
3/5/2012 Janet Glaser from Fremont MI wrote:
Yes, get another opinion. No sense in living in pain. Glad you can keep your great sense of humor. Silver lining is your roots showing. I laughed out loud at that one! Hope you feel better soon!

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